Princeton, New Jersey is a residential community about an hour away from both New York City and Philadelphia by car or commuter train. A small train station on campus connects to all important trains serving the Northeastern corridor. The town has preserved its historical character by maintaining many original colonial buildings and homes.
The University has many of its own athletic facilities for sports such as golf, tennis, basketball, sailing, soccer, swimming, and squash. The two campus recreation centers offer indoor exercise facilities, pools, and a variety of wellness courses. The campus and nearby countryside have numerous parks and trails for hikers and cyclists, such as the Delaware and Rattan Canal State Park. Canoe rentals, the Millstone River Tow Path, and occasional winter ice skating are within walking distance of main campus.
Princeton has four performing arts venues that present concerts, dance programs, and both professional and student theater, such as the renowned McCarter Theater. The Passport to the Arts program allows Princeton students to attend a number of performances at no charge at any of these campus venues. Post docs can take advantage of subscription packages and the "Young-At-Art" program to purchase season tickets at reduced prices.
There are several museums on and near campus along with opportunities to view first-run as well as classic and foreign films. The Princeton University Art Museum is one of the leading university museums in the country, with over 92,000 works. In addition, the Firestone Library offers four exhibitions per year, and materials from the collections are displayed in glass cases throughout the library. The town is rich with historic buildings, such as Nassau Hall and the former homes of Albert Einstein and Thomas Mann. The Princeton Historical Society offers weekly walking tours of the area.